Cleaning Up Downtown

By Matt Porter

October 20, 2012 Updated Oct 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Reaching through the weeds for trash in Binghamton's downtown isn't a typical way to spend a Saturday, but BU senior Samantha DeStefano says it's an important thing to do.

"It's not the most pleasant thing," said DeStefano, "But it's nice to give back, I don't mind helping out in the community."

She, along with members of the BU Kickline dance team, took part in Binghamton's Fall Clean Up.

The clean up is arranged by the Clean and Green campaign coordinated by Sharon Nieminski, a Binghamton resident devoted to keeping Binghamton beautiful.

"I mark up all the street routes so volunteers know where to go," said Nieminski, "People who visit me always say how nice the city is."

For some, the walk taught a dirty lesson.

"I'll probably never throw a gum wrapper on the floor again," said Heather Fennell, a BU junior, "Because picking them up is really annoying."

The students wanted to send a message, they were part of this community too.

"We represent the school and we're doing things for the community," said Fennell, "We're not just students, we actually live in the community and we're getting involved."

The students also learned, trash is easy to overlook.

"I feel like a lot of people don't think about it," said DeStefano, "If they're opening something up on the street and not thinking about it, and they just throw it which they should probably think twice about cause then it gets all over. But I think most people don't think about it."

More than 30 volunteers, from BU and elsewhere, showed up to help clean up. The next Binghamton Clean Up will happen after the snow melts in the spring.